Class to Help Entrepreneurs, Businesses Become B-Corps Businesses

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Entrepreneurs and business owners have a chance to learn more about running a business in Staunton.

It's all part of a class given Wednesday by the Staunton Creative Community Fund.

Justin Van Kleeck with the Staunton Creative Community Fund, said that it is basically a legal business structure.

A business chooses to include sustainability and a community focus in by laws and part of operating that business also means being sustainable.

There are similar principles behind fair trade used at businesses such as Ten Thousand Villages.

The non-profit store in Harrisonburg carries all fair trade products and their purpose is to help support artisans in developing countries.

That includes making sure the workers overseas are working in safe conditions.

To clarify, Ten Thousand Villages is not a B-Corps business, which has to be certified by the non-profit group B-Lab.

However, they incorporate very similar practices by being transparent and helping sustain livelihoods.

"Because they're making a real living wage so that they can support their families, send their children to school, have better and safe housing, be able to afford medical care for their families," said Valerie Weaver, Executive Director of Ten Thousand Villages.

Right now, there are more than 600 B Corps businesses in 15 countries.

The class is free and it will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Staunton Creative Community Fund offices on the second floor on Byers street.

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